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12 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 23, 1994
Colorado quarterback changes game, image

By JON A. DOLEZAR
The Colorado Daily
The Colorado Buffaloes are sick
of hearing that Kordell Stewart does
not play well in big games.
With last Saturday's victory over
Wisconsin, Stewart's record against
top 10 teams moved to 2-3. His per-
formance in that game was one of his
best in a Colorado uniform, and it
may have established him as one of
the favorites in the Heisman Trophy
race.
Through the Buffs' first two games,
Stewart is the nation's second-leading
passer behind Terry Dean of Florida.
Kordell hasputup great numbers so far,
but neither of those teams have a de-
fense like the Wolverines'.
He will get another shot at a top 10
team tomorrow when the Buffs face
the always-powerful Michigan Wol-
verines in Ann Arbor before a rau-
cous crowd of some 105,000.
"It's no big deal," Stewart said.
"It's really not a factor to me. I just
have to go out there and stay focused
and play well. IfIjust go out there and
stay focused and play well, every-
thing else will just take care of itself."

Wide receiver Michael Westbrook
thinks that Stewart is more focused
and ready to play in big games than
before.
"That is the past," Westbrook
said. "I can say that Kordell has
matured a lot, and he's a different
quarterback. He's matured a whole
lot. This year is like a big turn-
around for him. He's playing really
smart football.
"Hopefully he can continue to play
like he's been playing."
The coaching staff seems to think
that the rap about Stewart not playing
well in big games is nonsense.
"I think the initial rap of him not
playing well in big games is un-
founded," quarterback coach Rick
Neuheisel said. "It's just a character-
istic that happens to fall on the quar-
terbacks. They get too much credit,
and they get too much blame. The
quarterback is judged on the winning
and the losing.
"Whether it's fair or not is not a
question, because these are the facts.
So the quarterback'sjob is to do what-
ever is possible to help us win. So that
means don't force things and let the

game come to you."
OffensivecoordinatorElliotUzelac
was also quick to defend Stewart.
"They're idiots," Uzelac said,
speaking of those who have criti-
cized Stewart in the past. "They
don't know what they are talking
about, because people don't know
what a big game is. Every game is a
big game."
But this game is against Michigan.
It's notjustanother game, because ifthe
Buffaloes win this one, the national
championship talk will have to focus on
Nebraska and Colorado.
To me, no one game is bigger than
any other game," he said. "Every game
is big if you have a lot of things at
stake, like trying to win the Big Eight
and the national championship. As
far as the national championship is
concerned, every game is big. You
have to win them all."
One of the things the coaching staff
has done this year to relieve pressure
from Stewart is cutting off his inter-
views with the media after Tuesday.
This allows him to focus solely on the
game and ignore the media hype which
could potentially rattle a player during

the week of a big game.
Everyone is expecting Stewart to
play well, but if he doesn't, it's not the
end of the world -especially with all
the other weapons on the offensive
side of the football.
"We don't want you to be Super-
man," Uzelac said. "Wejust want you
to play within your abilities."
"Kordell is a very confident ath-
lete, and he knows he's got room for
improvement," Neuheisel said. "And
he's going to continue to improve.
Accuracy and precision in the pass-
ing game will be absolutely para-
mount to our success."
Stewart shakes off the talk of big
game pressure and reminds people
that it is just a game. Kordell Stewart
will do his best tomorrow to keep the
Buffaloes in the hunt for the national
championship.
"I just want to win games. If ev-
erything happens good for this team
I'll be happy. And at the end, if I win
the Heisman - hey, that's great. But
I'm not even concerned about awards.
I'm just worrying about my team and
worrying about me doing a great job
for my team."

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By DAVID ROTHBART
For the Daily
There are many urgent questions
that confront America's sports fans:
Did O.J. do it? Will Michael come
back to basketball? Is there going to
be an NHL lockout? The entire indus-
try of sports talk shows has arisen
from such critical debates. Consen-
sus is a rare find amidst this chaos, but
the answer to which conference is the
nation's toughest is obvious - the
Big Ten.
This week's slate features Wis-
consin, the defending Rose Bowl
champ, trying to get back on track
against a surprisingly strong Indiana
ballclub. Meanwhile, Notre Dame
could be in for their third straight
down-to-the wire tussle with a Big
Ten school. Here's how the games
stack up:
Indiana (3-0) at Wisconsin (1-1)
After Wisconsin was throttled by
Colorado last weekend, 55-17, the
mother of Badger running back Brent
Moss said, "I feel pretty sick." The+
prospect of facing an Indiana team +
that has amassed 122 points in their
first three games may have her reach-
ing for the Alka Seltzer. She shouldn't
sweat it. As long as Wisconsin quar-
terback Darrell Bevell doesn't repeat
last Saturday's first-half performance
in which he tossed four interceptions,+
the Badgers will come out on top.
Wisconsin 31, Indiana 21.
Rutgers (2-1) at Penn State (3-0)
When theBig Ten expanded to 11 to
make room for the Nittany Lions, the
conference's athletic directors said the
addition of Penn State would make the
RoseBowl run more competitive. Penn {
State's twin trouncings of Minnesota
(56-3) and Iowa (61-21), however, have1
been anything but. The Wolverines andI
Nittany Lions are set on a collision
course for their October 15 meeting in
Ann Arbor with a possible national
championship on the line. Mark your
calendar. Tattoo your forearms.
Penn State 38, Rutgers 6.
Purdue (2-0) at Notre Dame (2-1)

Four interceptions. 10-for-30. A
one-point win over hapless Michigan
State. Is Ron Powlus living up to all
the hype? If he keeps this up, it could
be an awfully long autumn in South
Bend.
Purdue 18, Notre Dame 7.
Houston (0-3) at Ohio State (24)
Last week against Pittsburgh, the
Buckeyes scored more points than
Houston has tallied this season. The
only way Houstonawill have a chance
is if they can sneak Andre Ware or
David Klingler back into uniform.
The fans in Columbus will wel-
come Joey Galloway back from his
two-game suspension for accepting
$200 from a financial adviser. If he
needs the cash, he should bet on the
Buckeyes this weekend.
Ohio State 33, Houston 3.
Miami, Ohio (0-2-1) at Michi-
gan State (0-2)
The Spartans gained 20 yards in
the second halflast week against Notre
Dame. Michigan State head coach
George Perles will be gone by the end
of the year, but as long as he's around,
the Redskins are no match for State.
MSU 7, Miami 5.
Iowa (2-1) at Oregon (1-2)
The Hawkeyes will try to rebound
from last week's blowout loss to Penn
State. Oregon, whose only victory
came against Portland State, will have
trouble matching up on both sides of
the ball.
Hayden Fry has won 202 games in
his 16 years with the Hawkeyes. Make
it 203.
Iowa 28, Oregon 14.
Minnesota (2-1) at Kansas State I
(2-0)
Kansas State is riding a 15-game
home unbeaten streak. The Wildcats
boast a behemoth offensive line who
weigh in at an average of 296 pounds.
Quarterback Chad May is consistent
and not prone to mistakes.
The mistake Minnesota made
was putting Kansas State on it'
schedule.
Kansas State 27, Minnesota 24.

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